Monday

"He confesses that his favourite sounds are sampled from Vin Diesel's car keys in a film..."



Dan Hancox had an interview with Burial in the Guardian on Friday. Here is an interesting quote:

"What I want is that feeling when you're in the rain, or a storm. It's a shiver at the edge of your mind, an atmosphere of hearing a sad, distant sound, but it seems closer - like it's just for you. Like hearing rain or a whale-song, a cry in the dark, the far cry."

That last sentence reminds me of my review of his last album in Vice:

"Can everyone stop saying that this is "a grower"!? This is the most uneventful, over-hyped piece of shit we've heard all year. If you're after an album that sounds like the mating calls between a group of libido-less whales, then run and smash open your little sister's piggy bank. It's boring, gawky 2-step with some token reggae samples and some crackles."

I don't know why I gave it such a harsh review. I guess I hate hype. It wasn't that bad, but definitely not as good as everyone was saying. Anyway, can you see how I made the whale connection? It's like man can see into da future, ya get me? Man's brain is just different like dat. Only (slightly) joking. Anyway, I don't see why I needed to point that out. I am quite looking forward to hearing the new album I think. Here is a recent song from Burial that I've been liking for the last few months:

Burial - Unite



If most of his new album sounds like this it should be pretty increible. It reminds me of Groove Chronicles.



Matt Mason's book, The Pirate's Dilemma, arrived in the post today. I haven't started reading it yet. Maybe tomorrow on the way to work. It says I'm not allowed to quote anything yet because it's not the approved version but I don't think anyone will mind me mentioning the quote he uses on the blank page before the contents page that people often write something on:

You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.
-DR DRE, 1988

That has to be the best quote used on the blank page before the contents page that people often write on, ever.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

the great thing about Burial is that what he makes is basically deep, atmospheric Garage rather than shit Dubstep (which is usually either slow clownstep or snooze-inducing halfstep with some reggae samples).

Bring back Garage. OK it was cheesy but it beats this headnodder bullshit for people that think they're too cool for both Garage and Drum&Bass and have now found the new thing that's actually shiter than both

bok bok said...

lol the thing is i like the ideas behind burial so much that it negates any cynicism i might have, so that part of my brain that tells me THIS SOUNDS LIKE ENYA DOING GARAGE gets over-ruled

I hate hype too but Hyperdub can't go wrong in my eyes

Anonymous said...

the world needs more people who sound like groove chronicles/el-b.. i'm all for it.

all these ex-dnb producers who have gone from making techy soulless dnb to making techy soulless dubstep can fuck right off.

this pains me almost as much as the decline of the 4x4 garage scene which had some of the best producers in the UK.. qualifide, mj, club asylum..

Anonymous said...

to be fair tho the quote looks to be about the best thing about the book... hackers? punk capitalists? graffiti millionares? he made that shit up bruv. matt knows shit

PRANCEHALL said...

are you honestly (no joke of a lie) trying to tell me that graffiti millionaires aren't real? you need your 'ead seein' by one of those special doctors. bruv.

ps. hackers are real too i think. i once saw a film about it starring angelina jolie called erm, hmmmm, errrrr, ahhhh... oh yeah, Hackers. innit.

Anonymous said...

That's given me inspiration for my new book:

"ITS A COOL NEW WORLD
- How Guerilla Poets and Snowboard Mavericks are shaping the exciting now"

Anonymous said...

See though, it is kinda funny that Guardian journalists in their mid 30s have been queing up since Burial's first album to proclaim him the sound of the zeitgeist, the expression of the tortured, deep souls of the Garage generation come to roost...

but then its equally funny that the young, punky, irreverant journalists of the Nathan Barley school are still championing Grime as if its not just basically the infantile burblings of illiterate chavs that took Playing At Gangstas a bit too seriously. Over a set of beats that a chimp with a copy of fruitloops could have made. Irony only goes so far, you know? NO HOMO still. Parred. Its a lot. Etc.

Anonymous said...

yer but no but

have you heard archangel???

christ on an ice skate my ears had an orgasm. it was bare delightful still

PRANCEHALL said...

To the guy above: it's equally as funny that closet racist middle class bores are so precious about dubstep that if anyone is less than sycophantic about it they launch a jihad of triviality and smarmy comments on them.

"Punky"? You've been watching too much Have I Got News For You. You sound like Ian Hislop.

Referencing Nathan Barley in 2007 is just lame. It was barely relevant when it first came out. It's not even an insult. It just makes you sound middle-aged.

I listen to grime because I'm a fan of the music. It's the most interesting thing to happen in UK music in a very long time. You may listen to dusbtep because it was recommended in your favourite broadsheet supplement and it serves as a nice antidote to your current faves like Arcade Fire but don't think you're better than anyone.

I'd like to take this opportunity to large up your baggy Carhartt jeans and pat everyone on the back and then we can all go and drink cans of Red Stripe because they say "Jamaican" on the front. Your chest.

To the other guy: Yeah I've heard "Archangel". It's pretty good. I never said I didn't like the new album.

noodles said...

"burial has his own time space in this developing music scene, unite is a good track it is what it is.. yep inspired by groovechronicles that's ok if me"...
"keep the faith in good music"
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